Studying the ethnocentric bias in the comparative studies of social welfare

Wai Kam Yu, Chui-Man Ruby Chau

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Abstract

This paper has two objectives. The first is to discuss three related views on the ethnocentric bias in the comparative studies of social welfare. The second objective is to demonstrate how these views can increase our understanding of the pluralistic ways in which non-western societies organise social welfare. Two analytical tasks are carried out. The first is to discuss the studies focusing on welfare regimes, cultural sensitivity of social welfare and the double attachment strategy used by governments to organise social welfare. These studies provide theoretical foundations of the three views on the ethnocentric bias. The second analytical task is to discuss the pro-market welfare reforms in Hong Kong. These reforms provide a concrete case of showing how non-western societies organise social welfare in a pluralistic way and how this pluralistic way is related to the three views on the ethnocentric bias in the comparative studies of social welfare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-194
Number of pages22
JournalDevelopment and Society
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

User-Defined Keywords

  • Ethnocentrism
  • Confucianism
  • Welfare reforms
  • Welfare regimes

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